Choosing a wedding dress silhouette is incredibly difficult. You may dream of that fairy-tale princess moment but have come to realize you’d never be comfortable in a full ball gown, and so choose something more figure-flattering. Or maybe you thought a fitted mermaid silhouette was the shape for you, only to gather that a more fluid skirt makes sense for dancing the night away. One silhouette you may not have considered? A two-piece wedding dress, or bridal separates. And yes, this works for myriad bridal aesthetics whether you consider yourself a traditional, modern, or bohemian bride.
Bridal separates are not all midriff-baring styles—though some are—and they range from traditional to ultramodern and are incredibly dynamic. For the confident bride, a crop top and high-waisted skirt are sexy in combination whether you go for a structural silhouette, fluid chiffon set, or modern lace pairing. You can balance out a peek of skin by choosing a style with long sleeves or by opting for a more voluminous skirt to offset a revealed waist.
For more conservative brides, two-piece sets are on offer from matching top and skirts (sans midriff) to traditional gowns with unique overlays. Multiple pieces simply give you the option to mix and match textures and customize your wedding dress for a more distinctive look whether it’s a combination of lace and crepe de chine, a boudoir-inspired bodice tucked into a fit-and-flare skirt, or a tulle gown with a beaded overlay on top.
Romantic options abound for the bohemian bride. Details like beaded silk georgette, fanciful embroidery, and crochet lace are just right. In terms of silhouettes, off-the-shoulder tops with flouncy tiered skirts, crop tops and sweeping skirts, and lace bustiers over draped silk chiffon skirts capture a wanderlust mood.
City-hall brides can try for a two-piece via an abbreviated hem—a set done in all lace or with floral appliqués are traditional and elegant. If you have a minimal aesthetic, pared-back separates feel fresh.
brides.com / 07.03.2019